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Bing Crosby

  • Original Name Harry Lillis
  • Birth 3 May 1903 Tacoma, Pierce County, Washington, USA
  • Death 14 Oct 1977 Alcobendas, Provincia de Madrid, Madrid, Spain
  • Burial Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Plot Grotto, L-119, space 1
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  • Memorial ID 244

Actor, Singer. He is best remembered for his many "Road" movies with costar Bob Hope, for such classic movies as "Going My Way" (1944), "White Christmas" (1954), and for such songs as "White Christmas" (1942). Born in Tacoma, Washington, while studying law at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, he became interested in playing drums and singing with a local band. Teaming with the band's piano player, he went to Los Angeles in 1925, where they made a small living playing theaters and nightclubs, and making his film debut with "The King of Jazz" (1930). When one of his songs became successful on the radio in 1931, it brought him to the attention of Hollywood. Paramount Pictures included him in the movie, "The Big Broadcast of 1932" (1932), and his relaxed, low key style hit just the right note with the audience, making him a star. More films followed with varying acclaim, but in 1940, he was teamed with his friend, Bob Hope, in "The Road to Singapore" and the combination of jokes, songs, romance, burlesque and exotic locations (it was actually filmed in Hollywood, not in Singapore), made the pair a hit, and additional "Road" movies followed, include "Road to Zanzibar" (1941), "Morocco" (1942), "Utopia" (1945), "Rio" (1947), "Bali" (1952), and "Hong Kong" (1962). In the film "Holiday Inn" (1942), he sang Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" and it went on to become one of the biggest selling records for the next 50 years. In 1944, he played 'Father O'Malley' in the sentimental comedy-drama "Going My Way" (1944) and won an Oscar for Best Actor. He got a second nomination for Best Actor Oscar for the sequel, "The Bells of St. Mary" (1945), when he reprised the role of 'Father O'Malley'. Later films suffered highs and lows, but two films stand out: "The Country Girl" (1954) in which he played an alcoholic singer, earning him another Oscar nomination, and "White Christmas" (1954), which was a box-office sellout. In this period, he also moved on to television, with numerous appearances on Hollywood Palace (1964 to 1970) and his own sitcom "The Bing Crosby Show" (1964 to 1965). He also became a Producer, and his Bing Crosby Productions became a leader in the film and television industry. His autobiography, "Call Me Lucky" was published in 1953. He died of a heart attack on a golf course in Madrid, Spain, after completing a tour of England that had included a sold-out engagement at the London Palladium. His last words were reportedly, "That was a great game of golf, fellers."

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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 244
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Bing Crosby (3 May 1903–14 Oct 1977), Find A Grave Memorial no. 244, citing Holy Cross Cemetery, Culver City, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .